Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit covers rationales for biodiversity conservation: moral, aesthetic and utilitarian. Biodiversity and its assessment: measures of biodiversity, survey methods for bacteria, protists, plants and animals, surrogate groups, molecular assessment of biodiversity as genetic information content, rapid assessment methods, endemism, taxonomy and phylogeny. Biodiversity in Australia: continental biogeography, characteristics of Australian ecosystems. Maximising retained biodiversity through optimal reserve selection. Threatening processes. Ecosystem services: relationship to biodiversity. Management of endangered species: status evaluation, life histories, captive maintenance, inbreeding avoidance, reintroduction, impact of introduced species. Restoration ecology. This subject includes a 5 day compulsory field camp at Wilsons Promontory National Park one or two weeks prior to the commencement of semester 1.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (BIO1GEN or BIO1MGC) and any two of (BIO1AD, BIO1PS, BIO1EEB, BIO1APM)


Incompatible subjects CBE2IC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical conservation biologyRecommendedD. Lindenmayer & M. Burgman (2005)CSIRO
ReadingsConservation biology in Australia: An introductionRecommendedT.R. New. (2006)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe, record and reflect on observations during field work.

Field diary/notebook.

03. Participate in the communication of the findings of a group investigation to peers and supervisor.

Students participate in a workshop on preparing and giving oral presentations prior to completing the group oral presentation assessment task.

04. Apply scientific method to biological questions through practical investigation and written report.

Practical investigation followed by written report and group presentation. Students participate in a workshop on writing scientific reports prior to completing the written report assessment task.

05. Define and explain biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, issues in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

Final theory exam.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Enrolment information Accommodation in Practical classes. Academic performance in pre-requisite subjects.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 5.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Field course (5 days) in week before Semester One"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Field diary/notebook15 01
Project report - (3000 words)25 04
Project report - group oral presentation10 03
Theory exam (2 hours)50 05